Jackie Sibblies Drury
Drury in 2018
BornUnited States
OccupationPlaywright, writer
LanguageEnglish
EducationYale University (BA)
Brown University (MFA)
GenreTheatre, drama

Jackie Sibblies Drury is an American playwright.[1] The New York Times called Drury's 2012 play We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 "her breakout work".[1][2][3] Her subsequent works include Social Creatures (2013) and Fairview (2018); for the latter, Drury received the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Early life and education

Jackie Sibblies Drury was raised by her Jamaican immigrant mother and grandmother in Plainfield, New Jersey. Drury's mother enrolled her at a private school in New Jersey where she witnessed the persistence of "segregation even in a harmonious community."[4]

Drury attended Yale University, where she majored in literature.[5] She received her MFA in playwriting from Brown University in 2010.[4]

Works

Full-length plays

Awards and honors

She was a winner of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for Drama in 2015.[6]

She was awarded the 2019 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play Fairview. The prize has a cash award of $25,000. Fairview was presented Off-Broadway in 2018 by Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Soho Rep.[7][8]

Fairview was also awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for this "hard-hitting drama that examines race in a highly conceptual, layered structure, ultimately bringing audiences into the actors’ community to face deep-seated prejudices."[9]

She received the 2019 Steinberg Playwright Award for Fairview, which includes a $50,000 cash prize.[10]

Drury received PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award in 2022.[11]

References

  1. ^ a b Weinert-Kendt, Rob (April 16, 2013). "Writes Well With Others". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Isherwood, Charles (November 16, 2012). "Acting Out a Blood Bath Brings Dangers of Its Own". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Jones, Chris (April 10, 2012). "A history of genocide, as intriguingly told by imperfect actors". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Goodman, Lawrence (July 2, 2013). "The Monstrous Unknown". Brown Alumni Magazine. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  5. ^ Pressley, Nelson (February 7, 2014). "'We Are Proud to Present. . .' becomes calling card for playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ "Jackie Sibblies Drury Among Winners of Yale's Windham-Campbell Prize". American Theatre magazine. February 25, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  7. ^ Clement, Olivia (March 4, 2019). "Jackie Sibblies Drury Wins Blackburn Prize for Her Acclaimed 'Fairview'". Playbill.
  8. ^ Haigney, Sophie (March 4, 2019). "Jackie Sibblies Drury Wins Blackburn Prize for 'Fairview' ". The New York Times. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  9. ^ "2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners". www.pulitzer.org. April 15, 2019. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  10. ^ Clement, Olivia. "Jackie Sibblies Drury and Lauren Yee Are Winners of Steinberg Playwright Awards" Playbill, October 9, 2019
  11. ^ "Dramatists Elaine May and Jackie Sibblies Drury Named PEN Literary Award Recipients". Playbill. Retrieved March 5, 2022.